New York State Legislature

May 5, 1987





BY: Senators Weinstein and Marchi

BY: Members of Assembly Hevesi, M.H. Miller, Seminerio, Barbaro, Daniels, Abbate, Abramson, Barnett, Barraga, Becker, Behan, Bennett, Bianchi, Boyland, Bragman, Brennan, Brodsky, Burrows, Bush, Butler, Casale, Catapano, Chesbro, Clark, Cochrane, Colman, Connelly, Conners, Connor, Cooke, Coombe, Crowley, D'Andrea, Davidsen, Davis, Dearie, Del Toro, Diaz, DiNapoli, Dugan, Eannace, Engel, Eve, Farrell, Faso, Feldman, Flanagan, Friedman, Frisa, Gaffney, Gantt, Genovesi, Gorski, Gottfried, Graber, Grannis, R. Green, A. Greene, Griffith, Halpin, Hannon, Harenberg, Harris, Hasper, Hawley, Healey, Hikind, Hillman, Hinchey, Hoyt, Jacohs, Jenkins, Keane, Kelleher, King, Koppell, Kremer, Lafayette, Larkin, Lasher, Leibell, Lentol, Lopez, MacNeil, Madison, Marshall, Mayersohn, McCann, McNulty, McPhillips, H. Miller, R. Miller, Murphy, Murtaugh, Nadler, Nagle, Nolan, Norman, Nortz, Nozzolio, O'Neil, Ortloff, O'Shea, Parment, Parola, Passannante, Pataki, Patton, Paxon, Pillittere, Pordum, Prescott, Proskin, Proud, Rappleyea, Rettaliata, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sanders, Sawicki, Schimminger, Schmidt, Seabrook, Sears, Serrano, Sheffer, Siegel, Silver, Straniere, E. Sullivan, P. Sullivan, Tallon, Talomie, Tedisco, Tocci, Tonko, Vann, Vitaliano, Walsh, Warren, Weinstein, Weprin, Wertz, Winner, Yevoli, Young, Zaleski and Zimmer.

MEMORIALIZING The Honorable Mario M. Cuomo, Governor, to proclaim April twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred eighty-seven as "A Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Armenian Genocide"

WHEREAS, The immediate slaughter of all the Armenian elite, including the clergy, the intellectuals, the professionals and members of the business community, ordered by the Ottomans on April twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred fifteen, is commemorated by Armenians as the beginning of the Armenian Genocide; and

WHEREAS, The horrors to which Armenian Christians were subjected during this, the first holocaust of the twentieth century, are unspeakable and such crimes are morally offensive and outrageous to the basic principles and values of civilization; and

WHEREAS, History attests to the devastation of the Armenian community with the extermination of more than one and one-half million Armenians in nineteen hundred fifteen alone, as well as the wholesale massacres of hundreds of thousands more between eighteen hundred ninety-six and nineteen hundred twenty-three; and

WHEREAS, The United States Senate, on February nineteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-six, endorsed the Genocide Conversation by a vote of eighty-seven to eleven; and

WHEREAS, The treaty has enormous symbolic value as a worldwide statement of outrage and condemnation over very real horrors - as real as the Armenian Genocide and Hitler's death camps; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Legislature has long been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the victims and survivors of such holocausts are not forgotten; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations and memorialize The Honorable Mario M. Cuomo, Governor, to proclaim April twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred eighty-seven as "A Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Armenian Genocide"; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Mario M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York.

May 5, 1987

By order of the Senate,
Stephen F. Sloan, Secretary

April 10, 1987

By order of the Assembly,
Francine M. Misasi, Clerk